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Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-3347

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
The Department of Counseling Psychology is primarily a graduate department, offering an APA-accredited doctoral degree in counseling psychology (PhD) and a master's degree (MS) in counseling specializing in community counseling. The Department emphasizes the integration of multiculturalism and diversity into counseling psychology and is committed to multiculturalism broadly-defined in teaching, research, practice, and service.


Congratulations to ​Laura P. Minero
Predoctoral Ford Foundation Fellowship ​Recipient and Featured in Madison Magazine

Photo of Laura Minero Congratulations to ​Laura P. Minero, a second year doctoral student, who was selected as a Ford Fellowship ​awardee in the 2016 Predoctoral Fellowship Competition. The ​fellowship provides financial support for three years. ​Laura plans to develop a mixed-method study that assesses the role and influence of U.S. detention centers on undocumented transgender individuals’ mental health and wellness. Read more here. Laura was also recently featured in ​Madison Magazine as part of a story about Mexican immigrants who are undocumented. Read more here.

Dr. ​Stephanie Graham received the Outstanding Early Career Professional-Trainer/Supervisor Award at the 2016 APA Conference

Stephanie GrahamCongratulations to Dr. Stephanie Graham who was recognized at the American Psychological Association Division 17's Supervision and Training Section. She was selected as the Outstanding Early Career Professional—Trainer/Supervisor for 2016. The Supervision and Training Section "is dedicated to those interested or engaged in training or supervising mental health service providers, including students, professional therapists-counselors, psychologists, and clinical supervisors."

Dr. Mindi Thompson ​delivered a
"Best in Science" Address and received the Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award at the 2016 APA Conference

Mindi Thompson

Congratulations to Dr. Mindi Thompson who delivered the “Best in Science Address” for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver, Colorado on August 6, 2016. Dr. Thompson's address was entitled, “Social Class: Interrogating its Meaning and Considering Future Directions.” Read more about her address. Dr. Thompson, was also presented the Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award granted by the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17), which honors individuals who make outstanding contributions to science and practice in Counseling Psychology.

Congratulations to ​Elaina Meier
​New Inductee as a UW Teaching Academy Future Faculty Partner

Elaina MeierCongratulations to Elaina Meier, a second year doctoral student, who was inducted into the UW Teaching Academy Future Faculty Partner. The Teaching Academy recognized Meier's leadership and innovative, integrative, and culturally-relevant teaching excellence with CP650 (Theory and Practice of Interviewing). As a Future Faculty Partner she ​is willing to commit to one or more years of active involvement in the Teaching Academy. Meier is one of five in the School of Education to be recognized by the UW Teaching Academy. Read more ​here.

Congratulations to ​Shufang Sun
​Recipient of ​a 2016 Global Health ​Graduate Student Research Award

Shufang SunCongratulations to Shufang Sun, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling Psychology, who is the 2016 recipient of a Global Health Institute Graduate Student Research Award. The grant program supports UW-Madison doctoral students who are exploring potential topics that will enhance global health activities on the UW-Madison campus and beyond. The grant will support Shufang to collect data in China ​with men who have sex with men, with specific focus on issues related to HIV and STIs. Read more about her study.

Dr. Carmen R. Valdez receives an invitation to participate in the Community-Based
Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy

Carmen Valdez

Congratulations to ​Dr. Carmen R. Valdez and her community partner, Jenny Schultz, school counselor at Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona, WI, who​​ were selected to  participate in the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy through the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC). The Academy will provide mentoring and training to Dr. Valdez and Ms. Schultz as they partner to bring Fortalezas Familiares program to Latino students and their families in Verona elementary schools in the Fall of 2016.


The Department of Counseling Psychology is honored to promote the legacy of John R. Martins. His generous estate-gift will impact the lives of others through the many students he helped train over the years that are carrying on his legacy through their work. Read more about Dr. Martins and his far-reaching influence on the field of Counseling Psychology.

In honor of Dr. Martins, the Department of Counseling Psychology hosted the inaugural John Martins Clinical Workshop series that occurred on Friday April 29th, 2016 in ​the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Hanna Levenson to campus for an intermediate state-of-the-art clinical workshop on Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Levenson is an internationally recognized expert in brief dynamic, emotionally-focused, relational psychotherapy.

Faculty, students, community supervisors and clinicians attended the workshop and CEU credits were offered for the full-day training. Drs. Bruce Wampold and Stephanie Graham coordinated and organized the event on behalf of the department.

CP Stance on Campus Hate/Bias Incidents -
Faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Counseling Psychology work hard to create a diverse and inclusive learning community with an emphasis on training culturally competent practitioners at the Master’s and doctoral levels.  We have been distressed to witness the escalation of hate/bias-driven speech and actions, both nationally and here at UW.  We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion in the department and the university, and to a vision of education that includes affirmation and openness to the breadth of human diversity.  We endorse the following statements, on creating an inclusive campus climate:

Open Letter from the CP Department
Moving Forward Together - SoE Stand and Plan Against Hate and Bias

Congratulations to ​Tiffany Jones, a third-year doctoral student, who was awarded a 2016 Marion McCammond Award. This award is ​presented to outstanding students of color who have made contributions to the University community, greater Madison community or the student’s hometown. The award recognizes Tiffany's service activities and initiative in reaching out to assist community needs.

Congratulations to ​​Nick Frost
who was selected as the ​recipient of the 2016 Theodora Herfurth Kubly Minority Fellowship from the School of Education. This award is a dissertation-level fellowship that recognizes Nick’s research and service contributions during his time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

APA-Accredited Internship
for 201​6-2017

Arellys Aguinaga
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center
Julia Benjamin
Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital, Boston
Jake Diestelmann

VA Medical Center Syracuse
Nick Frost
University of Southern California Counseling Center
Simon Goldberg

VA Puget Sound, Seattle
Andrea Salazar

California State University, Long Beach Counseling Center
Gwyn Schell
University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychiatry
Numan Turan
Ohio State University Counseling Center
Noah Yulish
Edward Hines VA Chicago

“The Great Psychotherapy Debate:
The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work” 

“The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work,” has been updated and revised to expand the presentation of the Contextual Model, which is derived from a scientific understanding of how humans heal in a social context and explains findings from a vast array of psychotherapies studies.

Read More about The Great Psychotherapy Debate


The CP Training Clinic seeks to offer high-quality, cost- efficient, and multiculturally competent psychological and mental health services, including counseling and psychological assessment, to students and residents of Madison and the surrounding areas.

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